Victim compensation involves the payment of money to victims of personal or violent acts for their out-of-pocket costs incurred because of the crime. Compensable losses include medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of wages, and mental health counseling. The Crime Victim Compensation Board reviews all claims, makes award decisions, and disburses funds to assist eligible victims of delinquent acts. Referrals to the Cochise County Attorney's Victim Witness Program may originate from victims, law enforcement officers, prosecuting attorneys, judges, and/or social service agencies. Victims, witnesses, and other community members are encouraged to call for information about the program and the various services provided.
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Other available sources for payment must be used first, including:
- Automobile insurance
- Homeowner's insurance
- Life insurance
- Medical insurance
- Sick or vacation pay
- Social Security
- Worker's compensation insurance
The Victim Compensation Program can help with co-payments or the patient's portion of eligible services. You must also remember:
- Any negligent, aggravating, provoking or unlawful conduct on the part of the victim will be considered and may result in the reduction or denial of an award.
- Offenders cannot benefit from Victim Compensation Program funds.